Cozy, delicious, and incredibly versatile.   

By Corey Williams
July 18, 2019
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Margaret Dickey; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck

Sweet potatoes just might be the perfect food: They’re healthy, they make beautiful dishes, and they practically taste like dessert (or at least, they can). What’s not to like? Dressed up or down, sweet potatoes hardly ever disappoint. Here are our 10 absolute favorite ways to cook with them:  

1. Sweet Potato Casserole

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

The sugary sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving classic for a reason—we might be biased, but our favorite way to eat the fall vegetable is with butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows

2. Baked Sweet Potato

WATCH: How To Bake Sweet Potatoes

Quick, healthy, and totally filling, the baked sweet potato is as delicious as it is easy. Check out our best baked sweet potato tips here

Get the recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes

3. Sweet Potato Fries

Caitlin Bensel

Who doesn’t love a good sweet potato fry (or 20)? If you’re feeling lazy, there are some shockingly impressive sweet potato options in the frozen French fry aisle. We tasted six brands—check out our ranking here

Get the recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

4. Sweet Potato Pie

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Ginny Branch

Does anything scream “Thanksgiving” louder than a traditional sweet potato pie? We think not. 

5. Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Photo: Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food styling: Karen Rankin

Roasted sweet potatoes are delicious on their own, but they add a nice toasty sweetness when added to plain rice or farro bowls.

6. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Savory Sweet Potato Mash

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

Mashed potatoes, but make ‘em sweet. We love this unexpected (and healthier) twist on traditional mashed potatoes.

Get the recipe: Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

7. Microwaved Sweet Potatoes

Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Margaret Dickey; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck

Short on time or patience? That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a warm sweet potato when you want one. Use the microwave to whip up a healthy and filling meal on short notice. 

8. Candied Sweet Potatoes

Victor Protasio

Candied yams are one of those things that nobody ever necessarily asks for, but always shows up on the holiday spread—and we wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Get the recipe: Candied Yams

9. Sweet Potato Soup

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Kira Corbin

Chilly nights call for warm soup. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the changing seasons than with sweet potato soup. 

10. Sweet Potato Soufflé

Photo: Alison Miksch; Food Styling: Mary Clair Britton and Kady Wohlfarth; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee

Craving comfort food with a fancy twist? Meet in the middle with potato soufflé.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Soufflé